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Anytime you use a Google Webmaster tools, you’ll need to verify ownership of the website to Google. Verification with Google does not affect PageRank or your website’s performance in any way. It does allow you to use Google’s products. Verifying ownership of a website is easy and you have more than one option on how to do so. There are many reasons to verify your site with Google and here’s a list of some of the more popular reasons:

Why should I verify my website with Google?

  • So you can see the data Google has on your Webmaster tools account
  • Tell Google when your website changes or updates
  • Remove site pages from Google Search results
  • Specify to Google how your website should be indexed
  • Set a specific geographic region your website targets
  • Request a crawl rate change
  • Add other site owners to share your website’s data

How to verify your website with Google by uploading a file

The easiest and quickest method to verifying your website with Google is uploading a file that they provide. The file can be easily uploaded via file manager in cPanel.

  1. Log into Google Webmaster Tools and download the file for HTML verification
  2. google_verification_1

  3. Log into cPanel
  4. Go to File Manager in the Files section.
  5. Go to the domains root folder (if this is your main domain it will be your public_html folder)
  6. Click “Upload” and upload the HTML file you downloaded from Google
  7. Once the file has uploaded. Go back to the page you downloaded the HTML file from in Google Webmaster Tools and click “Verify
  8. google_verification_4

Important! If Google does not find your HTML file you may need to check your DNS. Your domain may not be pointing to our server or you may need to use a different method to verify.

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n/a Points
2018-08-24 12:03 am

Very useful guide! Thank you so much! 

n/a Points
2018-08-22 1:21 pm

I have uploaded the html file to one of my website and it was verified . The second website and trying to verify is not going . What could be wrong and secondly. how many websites can I verify?

42,337 Points
2018-08-22 3:23 pm
Make sure that you have a verification code for EACH website. You can't use the verification code from one site to another.
n/a Points
2018-08-03 11:45 pm

Thanks! Been trying to figure this out. Got it done in about 1 minute with your clear, easy explanation!

31,313 Points
2018-08-06 2:32 pm
Thanks for letting us know, we are happy to help!
Thank you,
n/a Points
2018-02-21 10:28 am

Hello. Please if there are variations to my website for instance the website, blog etc, is one verification on the main website sufficient for all subdomains?


42,337 Points
2018-02-21 12:33 pm
Verification requirements will depend on the application you're running. You may need to check with the developer or associated documentation.
n/a Points
2017-12-19 7:11 pm

Thank you so much, I managed to verify my website successfully, very simple and clear explanation

3,017 Points
2017-12-19 7:15 pm
That's great! We are glad to help! Thank you for the feedback.
n/a Points
2017-09-08 9:42 pm

Excellent! Thank you!

n/a Points
2017-08-03 7:29 am

tnx. it still works/

the only place ive found an explenetion that works

n/a Points
2017-02-21 7:21 am

I managed to upload, but now I have the html code and details at the very top of my home page!! Cannot see how to remove it?

2,858 Points
2017-02-21 3:49 pm
Reg, it sounds like something may have gone wrong, or your content management system( CMS ) is inadvertently pulling the code from your 'google********.html' file. I would recommend removing the file that you uploaded, downloading a new copy, and trying again. If the issue persists you may wish to speak with your web developer.
n/a Points
2016-11-18 3:00 pm

I really appreciate your step-by-step tutorials, which often include screen captures. They are so dummy-proof, and I love them!! Thanks and keep up the great work!

2,858 Points
2016-11-18 3:00 pm
Eva, we're very glad you appreciate our efforts! Have a great day!
n/a Points
2016-06-17 7:53 am

Thank you, this was so helpful.

Finally somebody who´s not just repeating what´s already written in the google webmaster tool and finally telling me where to upload this ***** file :) :)

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you :)

n/a Points
2016-04-08 3:30 pm

Thank you for the step by step instructions.  For once - something EASY TO FOLLOW! I have been going crazy trying to understand the verification process & Google+!

n/a Points
2015-11-06 12:33 pm

Thank You so much 

n/a Points
2015-08-06 3:40 pm

Thanks for this simple explanation - much better than Google's. Go figure.

n/a Points
2015-05-13 6:12 pm


Just to say that your guide is very useful. Thanks

n/a Points
2014-07-08 10:10 am

This was very helpfull.

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